(born Katharine Houghton Grant
; March 10, 1945) is an American actress
. She is best known for her role as Joanna "Joey" Drayton, a Caucasian
woman who brings home an African-American
fiancé to meet her parents, in the 1967
film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
. Katharine Hepburn
, who played the mother of Houghton's character in the film, was in real life Houghton's aunt.
Life and career
Houghton was born in Hartford, Connecticut
. She attended Sarah Lawrence College
and majored in philosophy
. Houghton was named after her maternal grandmother, Katharine Houghton
. Her aunt, Ms. Hepburn, was instrumental in helping Houghton launch her career. The acting torch was further passed along in the family to actress Schuyler Grant
, Houghton's niece.
Houghton has played leading roles in over sixty productions on Broadway
and in Regional Theatres across America. She won the Theatre World award for her performance in A Scent of Flowers
off Broadway in 1969.
She has appeared in ten films, most recently The Last Airbender
, directed by M. Night Shyamalan
, in 2010.
Eleven of her plays have been produced. Her play Buddha
was published in Best Short Plays of 1988. Her musical, "Bookends," premiered at NJ Rep Co. summer of 2007, received rave notices and garnered the theatre the highest box office sales in their eleven year history. Since then it has twice been part of The York Theatre’s Developmental Reading Series.
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